This would explain a few people and stories I've read here at coasterbuzz. ;) Full article here. http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060627/hl_hsn/thrillseekersathigheralcoholismrisk
I ski in winter at least once a week and rollerblade in the fall.
I guess you could say i drink during my two off-seasons.
Never really thought about it, though.
I have only been drunk at an amusement park one time (i was not driving). It was a unique experience, but nothing i would want to repeat.
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Hey what happend to the rest of my post!?
Anyway, would like to hear from other enthusiast in recovery. *** Edited 6/27/2006 7:55:08 PM UTC by J7G3***
I'm sure alot of enthusiasts also have eating problems.. sex, gamblling, general craziness, it's somewhat all the same :)
Heck yeah! I'm just over a year and a half sober. I know there are lots of us around...
Good Deal! :)
Personally, I've never drank alcohol at an amusement park. I always feared the aftermath of a looping coaster after too much to drink. Actually, I don't drink much at all any more. I did drink this past weekend, but, it had been about a year from the last time.
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Just don't tell a professional you feel that way, 72 hrs mandatory in your local nut house!
Really, are there any recovery folks on here!?
We need to stick together.
Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."
But seriously, there are so many specialy groups out there.. all the different prides, etc. It's crazy.
I know there are a lot of crazy drug/booze users in our coaster community. It's really been 'stamped out' or whatever since the early 90's. There were a few 'incidences' back then.
Tsk, tsk. Jeff is contributing to the problem. :)
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
Seriously though, I'm getting a bit weary of all these "studies". One week you hear drinking one or two drinks a day can help fight heart disease and high cholesterol. Then another study says 4 or five dirks a week can cause liver damage. One week eggs are bad for you, the next their the greatest thing since sliced bread. Oh and is anyone still on the "low carb/Atkins" kick?
I just go by the theory "Everything!...in moderation". Yes you can have fried chicken...just not a WHOLE fried chicken. Have a glass of wine with dinner...not a BOTTLE. Ride coasters, but not MARATHONS...(okay, skip that last one :))
Some people can control it, others can't. It takes a brave person to step up and realize that they can't AND do something about it.
I'm not a once a year drinker, but I'm also not an everyday drinker. And the occasional beer at the park is nice. Especially on those chilly Halloweekend nights.
I'm also Polish and Irish, but also Russian and Chippewa Indian. I hold my alcohol a little too well, and beer really doesn't even get me drunk anymore.
No, I'm not an everyday drinker, I just have a reallllly high tolerance.
PS: is 11:30 too early for this beer I'm drinking? ;)
As such, it is a given that we would fall more into a "Type A" category, which can be the realm of people who live a "roller-coaster" type of existence, as it relates to alcohol/drugs/depression/bi-polarity and other forms of mental illness.
This might be the "elephant" in the living room but I think that the "mental" make-up of the roller coaster enthusiast is a terrific topic for discussion. I find coaster enthusiast events to be a formidable place for psychological evaluation and observation. Let's face it: we can be an interesting bunch, both visually and physically. . .
And any conversation that starts with, "Hey, did you know that the wheels were made in Stuttgart and. . ." is proof enough that we are DEFINITELY a tad left of center. . .
I've watched fellow enthusiasts try and "convert" other GP and regular-Joe riders over to their side, often with comic hilarity and amusing results. Often their eyes are glazing over while the enthusiast regales them with their tales of conquest of infinite ERT and numbers-of-rides taken on X ride. . .
Sometimes the poor GP rider passes out and is left comatose in the queue while the enthusiast simply steps over him/her and continues on to their next unsuspecting victim. . .
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